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Meet A Member: Alexander Lloyd Blake, Tonality

Meet A Member: Alexander Lloyd Blake, Tonality

Mike Rowan | Community Outreach, Conducting, Diversity, Profile

Alexander Lloyd Blake has plenty of jobs to keep himself busy. Blake is the choir director for the LA County High School for the Arts, and principal assistant conductor of the National Children's Chorus’ Los Angeles ensemble. But that’s not all. “I'm an assistant conductor at First Congregational Church LA—that's a new one,” Blake recounts. “And I'm studying for my qualifying exams for my doctorate in choral conducting at USC.” Read more

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Repertoire for a Cause: The Justice Choir Songbook

Repertoire for a Cause: The Justice Choir Songbook

Mike Rowan | Civic Engagement, Community Outreach, Composing/Commissioning, Diversity, Participation, Repertoire

This article is part of a series highlighting new choral repertoire that can be used by a wide range of choirs to address different community issues. Read more

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Life Lessons from Choral Singers

Life Lessons from Choral Singers

Chorus America Staff | Adults/Seniors, Community Outreach, Impact/Value, Participation, Singing, Volunteer

In addition to enriching musical knowledge and enhancing vocal technique, singing in a chorus can also teach important lessons about life itself. We reached out to the growing network of choruses specifically for older adults, and asked longtime singers about the ways in which singing has informed other aspects of their lives. Read more

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An Interview with Vijay Gupta

An Interview with Vijay Gupta

Chorus America Staff | Audiences, Community Outreach, Diversity, Health, Impact/Value, Profile, Science

Vijay Gupta is both a violinist with the Los Angeles Philharmonic and a dedicated advocate for the power of music to change lives and reconnect us to our shared humanity. In 2011, he founded Street Symphony, a non-profit organization dedicated to engaging musicians in performance and dialogue with marginalized communities of people experiencing poverty, homelessness and incarceration.  Read more

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Supporting the Choral Ecosystem

Supporting the Choral Ecosystem

A first-of-its-kind convening highlights some promising ideas for helping the choral field thrive

Chorus America Staff | CA News, Community Outreach, Diversity, Education, Impact/Value, Participation, Research/Data, Singing

When you stop to think about the ways people sing together, the diversity is breathtaking. Just a partial list includes community, school, collegiate, and church choruses, as well as gospel choirs, barbershop groups, contemporary a cappella ensembles, men’s choruses, and special mission groups like threshold choirs. Read more

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Responding to Tragedy

Responding to Tragedy

Don Lee | Civic Engagement, Community Outreach, Diversity, Impact/Value, Management/Leadership

In the wake of terrible events, choruses and choral leaders have found ways to be part of the response and healing process. Read more

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Understanding Audiences

Understanding Audiences

Takeaways from the Intrinsic Impact Audience Project

Kelsey Menehan | Audiences, CA News, Community Outreach, Impact/Value, Marketing/Public Relations, Research/Data

This August, Chorus America released the results of the first-ever systematic look at what moves and motivates the people who attend choral music concerts. In partnership with leading research and consulting firm WolfBrown, the Intrinsic Impact Audience Project worked with 23 choruses across North America to survey their audiences.  Read more

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Inspired: Wendy Moy with Dennis Coleman

Inspired: Wendy Moy with Dennis Coleman

Mike Rowan | Careers, Community Outreach, Diversity, History, Impact/Value, Profile

After serving as a guest conductor with the Seattle Women's Chorus (SWC), Wendy Moy became friends with Dennis Coleman, who served as the artistic director for all of SWC's 14 years, as well as 35 years with the Seattle Men's Chorus. Now the director of choral activities and music education at Connecticut College and co-artistic director of Chorosynthesis Singers, Wendy spoke with the man she calls one of her mentors in the wake of his retirement about his career and the future of the choral field. Read more

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An Interview with Donna Walker-Kuhne

An Interview with Donna Walker-Kuhne

Mike Rowan | Audiences, Community Outreach, Diversity, Marketing/Public Relations, Profile

An expert in audience development and diversification, Donna Walker-Kuhne has devoted her professional career to increasing access to the arts. In advance of her keynote plenary on “Dynamic Community Engagement” at Chorus America’s Conference in Cincinnati, she spoke with president and CEO Catherine Dehoney about how the conversation around community engagement has changed—and the opportunities this creates for choruses to “roll up their sleeves and dig in.”  Read more

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Working with Multicultural Choirs: Reflections after 25 Years

Working with Multicultural Choirs: Reflections after 25 Years

Kelsey Menehan | Audiences, Community Outreach, Diversity, Management/Leadership, Marketing/Public Relations, Operations, Participation, Profile, Repertoire

As a graduate conducting student at Temple University in the 1980s, Diana V. Saez recalls being frustrated that there was no mention of Latin American composers—except for the famous composers Villalobos from Brazil and Ginastera from Argentina. When she moved to Washington DC, in 1990, she found a bustling choral music scene, with a wide variety of choruses. But Latin American music was not part of the standard repertoire. Read more

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Resources

'Chorus Impact Study' Tool: Adaptable Op-Ed

'Chorus Impact Study' Tool: Adaptable Op-Ed

Chorus America Staff | Civic Engagement, Community Outreach, Impact/Value, Marketing/Public Relations, Research/Data, Sample/Template

Download this opinion piece to customize and submit to your local newspaper to help raise the profile of choruses in your area. Read more

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Additional content: Ambassadors of Peace

Additional content: Ambassadors of Peace

Kelsey Menehan | Community Outreach, Impact/Value, Profile, Repertoire, Singing

Examples of concert programming that are designed on themes of peace or reconciliation. Partner piece to "How Choruses Have Become Ambassadors of Peace." Read more

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Grantwriting: Crafting an Effective Case Statement

Grantwriting: Crafting an Effective Case Statement

Chorus America Staff | Community Outreach, Fundraising, Impact/Value, Sample/Template

Writing grant proposals or even a simple appeal letter is always a challenge. These sample paragraphs may help you as you are trying to "make the case" for your chorus. Read more

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Events

2018 Serenade! Washington, D.C. Choral Festival

2018 Serenade! Washington, D.C. Choral Festival

Washington, D.C.

classicalmovements | Adults/Seniors, Audiences, Children/Youth, Community Outreach, Composing/Commissioning, Conducting, Education, Families, General, Participation, Performance, Rehearsal, Singing

2018 Serenade! Washington, DC Choral Festival celebrates Nelson Mandela’s 100th birthday in Songs from June 28-July 2, 2018 Read more

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Bach, a Brew, and You: A Musical Sing-in

Bach, a Brew, and You: A Musical Sing-in

San Francisco, CA

San Francisco B... | Adults/Seniors, Community Outreach, General, Networking, Performance, Singing, Volunteer

  Tuesday, August 22, 6:00 - 9:00 pm Standard Deviant Brewing, 280 14th St., San Francisco, 94103 SFBC is taking over Standard Deviant Brewing for an evening of socializing and singing! Enjoy food, a cold beer, and a taste of the Bach Choir.  Artistic Director Magen Solomon will lead us through highlights of our 2017-2018 season. Standard Deviant is even brewing a special bock for the occasion!   Additional event info at www.sfbach.org/brew. Read more

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Summer Chorus 2018 – Leonard Bernstein at 100

Summer Chorus 2018 – Leonard Bernstein at 100

Minneapolis, MN

connieshaver | Children/Youth, Community Outreach, Performance

  The Oratorio Society of Minnesota is proud to join the world-wide celebration of the 100th birthday of Leonard Bernstein, the composer, the conductor, educator, musician, cultural ambassador, and humanitarian. This concert will be performed by the Society’s Summer Chorus, a festival chorus of 150 singers, world-class soloists and a professional orchestra, conducted by Artistic Director Matthew Mehaffey. Read more

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Chesapeake Children's Chorus 2017-2018 Auditions

Chesapeake Children's Chorus 2017-2018 Auditions

Leonardtown, MD

Carl Ellinwood | Children/Youth, Community Outreach, Education, Families, General, Recruitment, Schools

The Chesapeake Children's Chorus, part of St. Maries Choral Arts, is holding auditions for the 2017-2018 season!  Auditions will take place on Monday, August 28th and Wednesday, September 6th at Leonardtown High School, in Leonardtown, MD from 6:00pm-8:00pm.  Auditions are open to boys and girls ages-8-15.  To sign up for an audition, vist www.smchoralarts.org/ccc. Any questions, please contact us at chesapeakechildrenschorus@gmail.com.  We look forward to having you audition with us! Visit our Facebook page at www.facebook.com/chesapeakechildrenschorus and on Twitter @ChildrensChes for photos and videos of our past performances.   Read more

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Vancouver Chamber Choir-REJOICE! "European Carols & Readings"

Vancouver Chamber Choir-REJOICE! "European Carols & Readings"

Vancouver, BC

Steven Belanger | Adults/Seniors, Audiences, Children/Youth, Community Outreach

Chilly December days herald the warmth and intimacy of Christmas choirs singing the Nativity story. You are invited – join conductor Jon Washburn, organist Bryn Nixon and the Vancouver Chamber Choir for an evening of beloved favourites and new discoveries, all in the welcoming ambience of Dunbar Ryerson United Church. Music of Praetorius, Bach, Berlioz, Rubbra, Sibelius, Joubert, Tavener, Quinn, Mendelssohn and traditional carols galore. Read more

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Schola Cantorum Offers Brahms and Beethoven Sing-Along

Schola Cantorum Offers Brahms and Beethoven Sing-Along

Los Altos, CA

Mary Powell | Community Outreach

Schola Cantorum invites vocalists to sing-along as Vance George conducts Brahms’ “Nänie,” and Beethoven’s “Mass in C.”  Read more

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Sing-Along to Mozart and Fauré with Schola Cantorum

Sing-Along to Mozart and Fauré with Schola Cantorum

Los Altos, CA

Mary Powell | Community Outreach

Vocalists are invited to sing-along as Shulamit Hoffmann conducts Mozart’s “Requiem,” and Fauré’s “Requiem,” at Schola Cantorum’s Summer Sings program, Monday, July 24 at 7:30 pm.  Read more

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Richmond Choral Society “Open Rehearsal”

Richmond Choral Society “Open Rehearsal”

Henrico, VA 23229

RCSVPD | Adults/Seniors, Community Outreach, Participation, Performance, Recruitment, Rehearsal, Singing, Volunteer

Come join the Richmond Choral Society for its first 'open rehearsal' of the 2017-2018 season.  Read more

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Schola Cantorum Offers Monday Night Sing-Alongs

Schola Cantorum Offers Monday Night Sing-Alongs

655 Magdalena Ave., Los Altos

Mary Powell | Community Outreach

As summer rolls around and choral groups take a hiatus until fall, Schola Cantorum steps in to fill the void. Over six Monday evenings beginning on July 10, Schola’s Summer Sings program provides an opportunity for Bay Area singers to join together as a community to sing some of the greatest choral masterpieces of all time. Without the commitment of rehearsals. Without the pressure of performing for an audience. And with no other goal than the joy of singing works from classical music’s finest composers under the baton of some of the top choral conductors in the Bay Area. Read more

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Perfect Harmony: Show Choir and International School Collaborate

Perfect Harmony: Show Choir and International School Collaborate

Katy, TX 77449

Houston Show Choir | Audiences, Children/Youth, Community Outreach, General, Performance, Schools, Singing

The British International School of Houston’s Accents Choir and soloists will make a guest appearance at the June 9 “Let The Sunshine In” performance by Houston Choral Showcase (HCS), an adult show choir. The June 9 show (and a similar performance by HCS alone on June 10) will feature show tunes, classic pop favorites, jazz pieces, new arrangements of contemporary hits, and other fun surprises. Read more

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